But then, trawling around on ebay (as I do), I came across a very tasty deal on a Nikon V1. This is the 1 series camera, with the viewfinder. This older version is more compact and is a nice looking thing.
Thoughts. Mum might like it as it is a nice neat package with a traditional feel. She might not like the limited zoom or the lack of flash. But it seems to work quite nicely.
Anyway, I have had one to play with now for a couple of days. I like it, and I am sure that Mum or my sister will as well. So I am keeping one and I have bought a second to gift!